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Back in final, Germany bolstered by national pride
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has come a long way since the national team last appeared in a World Cup final 12 years ago - and so has the team's image at home.... 7/11/2014 1:19 PM

French court convicts 9 in Afghan terror network
PARIS (AP) -- A Paris court on Friday convicted nine people of belonging to a terrorist network that trained in Afghanistan and reportedly planned attacks in France.... 7/11/2014 1:14 PM

Same-sex dancers decry proposed UK ballroom 'ban'
LONDON (AP) -- It takes two to tango - but does a same-sex couple qualify?... 7/11/2014 1:11 PM

US border effort sputters as migrants cross again
MEXICALI, Mexico (AP) -- A U.S. effort to discourage immigrants' repeated attempts to enter the country illegally by dropping them back in Mexico hundreds of miles away from where they were caught has been sharply scaled back after producing relatively modest gains.... 7/11/2014 1:10 PM

2 killed in Egypt clashes during Islamist protests
CAIRO (AP) -- Clashes erupted Friday in the Egyptian capital Cairo between protesting supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and local residents opposed to his Muslim Brotherhood, killing two people, an Egyptian health official said.... 7/11/2014 1:01 PM

World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany?
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's best player against the tournament's best team.... 7/11/2014 12:55 PM

Israel leader: World pressure won't stop offensive
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister vowed Friday to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying international pressure will not halt what he said was a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants as the death toll from the 4-day-old conflict rose above 100.... 7/11/2014 12:34 PM

Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, escalating a dispute the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.... 7/11/2014 12:19 PM

Putin kicks off Latin America tour with Cuba stop
HAVANA (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin began a six-day Latin American tour aimed at boosting trade and ties in the region with a stop Friday in Cuba, where he was expected to meet with President Raul Castro and former leader Fidel Castro.... 7/11/2014 12:19 PM

Syrian rebels attack defense minister's village
BEIRUT (AP) -- Rebels attacked the Syrian defense minister's village on Friday, capturing parts of it after killing at least 18 soldiers and pro-government gunmen, activists said.... 7/11/2014 12:02 PM

Markets steady after Portuguese bank scare
LONDON (AP) -- Global stocks steadied somewhat Friday after slumping on worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal, while trading in Asia was muted over the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe.... 7/11/2014 12:01 PM

Portuguese bank says it's healthy, markets recover
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Senior Portuguese officials gave assurances Friday about the soundness of Portugal's biggest bank, seeking to defuse tension after world markets went into a spin over fears that Banco Espirito Santo's troubles could reignite Europe's financial difficulties.... 7/11/2014 11:57 AM

German FM to meet Kerry to discuss spying claims
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister said Friday he will tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting this weekend that Berlin wants to reinvigorate the two countries' friendship "on an honest basis" after asking Washington's top spy to leave.... 7/11/2014 11:53 AM

AP NewsAlert
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Netanyahu says international pressure won't stop Israel from acting against militants.... 7/11/2014 11:24 AM

Jewish Museum attack suspect to be sent to Belgium
PARIS (AP) -- The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has abandoned his fight against extradition to Belgium, meaning he could be transferred within weeks.... 7/11/2014 11:17 AM

19 Ukraine servicemen killed in rocket attack
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russia rebels fired missiles Friday at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said, adding that four troops were killed in other clashes.... 7/11/2014 11:04 AM

McKellen shares pic of him as 93-year-old Sherlock
LONDON (AP) -- British actor Ian McKellen has revealed the first picture of himself playing a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in a new movie.... 7/11/2014 10:54 AM

Erdogan: no normalizing of ties with Israel
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's president on Friday called on Israel to halt its offensive on the Gaza Strip and not to carry out a ground incursion, while the prime minister said there can be no normalizing of Turkish-Israeli ties as long as Israel's actions continue.... 7/11/2014 10:42 AM

O-le Canada! Hockey homeland is mad for World Cup
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada has not sent a team to the World Cup in a generation. But that hasn't stopped Canadians from going a little Cup crazy.... 7/11/2014 10:25 AM

4 suspended for rigging Vanessa-Mae results
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.... 7/11/2014 10:21 AM